Breakout SessionsBreakout sessions are a fantastic opportunity to connect with presenters on topics that matter most to you. Forum attendees routinely cite breakout sessions as one of their favorite parts of the conference.

The following are just a few of the breakout sessions offered at this years’ Forum.

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Building Character in Troubled Times: Schools Thinking Outside the Box
Friday | 9:15:00 AM | Salon A
Presenter: William Trusheim
Providing the academic, social and emotional tools for students to thrive has not been easy for three New Jersey Schools of Character faced with formidable challenges. Educators from an urban 1-4 elementary school with a 95% poverty rate, a 5-6 intermediate school with an influx of students coming from non-English-speaking immigrant families, and an alternative 6-12 high school whose students have met defeat in a traditional setting will share their stories, trials and successes in an interactive session that focuses on “thinking outside the box” to build character in challenging situations.

Curriculum Based Service Learning
Friday | 2:45:00 PM | Mt. Vernon
Presenter: Sandra Lubchenko
In this session participants, will gain an understanding of how to connect curriculum objectives to service learning projects. Examples will be provided of lessons that tie agriculture, water and community to academic standards. Sandra Lubchenko, academically gifted teacher, will use pictures, videos and testimonials to explain how Brooks Global Elementary School used core values, character education and service learning to become a 2016 National School of Character. Specific projects will be shown to participants.

Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation: Inspiring and Empowering Students to be the Ethical Leaders of a Peaceful Tomorrow
Saturday | 9:15:00 AM | Salon 1
Presenter: Tamra Nast
Back By Popular Demand…Providing opportunities for students to be intrinsically motivated is critical in a school’s Character Education journey. We will explore how we can help our students’ do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do. Our discussion will center on school and classroom culture and we will grapple with how to “foster students’ self-motivation”, (Principle 7). This session will include practical steps and ideas for you to use in your classroom and school.

Happy Caveman: Reclaiming a Culture of Connection
Saturday | 10:45:00 AM | Salon 1
Presenter: Joe Beckman
Human connection matters. Cultures that are centered around it thrive while those that don’t merely survive. Based off of Joe’s keynote talk this breakout is a deep dive on the forces that bind a a culture of connection together. Participants walk away with knowledge, inspiration, and real life takeaways they can use both in and out of their classrooms.